When I started this blog I was very clear that I am NOT the best house wife on the planet (hence why I call myself The HouseWife Rookie), but what I didn't tell you is that I just happened to marry a wonderful "house wife!" He is definitely everything I'm not! Which I love most of the time. But since I am on a quest to become a better house wife, some of his "wifely" qualities are starting to cramp my style.
So I'm not the most detail oriented person when it comes to cleaning around the house, and I have adopted the philosophy that as long as no one is coming over, what does it really matter?? Not to say that we live in filth until people come over, but to me it's just not necessary to clean every nook and cranny, every. single. week. Unfortunately, I seemed to marry The Brawny Man, who also happens to be Mr. Clean (seriously, I should buy stock in the Mr. Clean erasers, because my husband has one permanently affixed to his hand)! I should have seen the writing on the wall earlier when we were dating, being that he owned his own little (fairly successful) car detailing business, where he was the only employee, because no one was detailed enough for his liking. Yes, this should have been my sign, that my cleaning "philosophy" was not gonna fly in our home.
We've now been married for 3 1/2 years, and our Saturday's usually go about the same. I clean, the way I clean, and usually don't go above and beyond my usual routine (which I'm working on not being so selfish/lazy in this area), and without fail, Mr. Clean comes right behind me and redoes just about everything that I ALREADY DID! Vacuuming? yep, it gets done twice. Dusting? yep, two times. Showers and counter tops? mmhmm, you guessed it. Mirrors? well, I don't bother with those anymore, because I really do suck at that! The funny thing is, he's not being mean and trying to belittle my cleaning jobs, he just truly believes that I hadn't done it yet! Ouch!
Now, what I'm trying to decide is if I'm overly lazy (which, sadly, I think is true some of the time), or if he's overly anal (which I think is true most of the time)? Whichever it is, it's not an effective use of our time, and probably explains the immaculate condition our home always seems to be in. I have been very convicted lately (yes, it has taken a few years) since we have a kid, who I will expect to pull his weight when he's old enough, and since Mr. Clean has been sooo busy with his new job, I don't want him to be burdened by things around the house. After all, that is why he is working so hard, so I can stay home!
So, this is my public vow, to be better in the area of cleaning!I know I will NEVER be as detailed as Mr. Clean, and I kind of think that he enjoys it, but I can make a better effort!! Now, I'm still a work in progress, and have a LONG way to go to being a HouseWife M.V.P! I still need to figure out how to load a dish washer (which I do, but I'm THE WORST at it) correctly. How to pay bills, and how much we actually pay in bills ( I still don't know what we even payed for our house exactly). How to be a better grocery shopper and how to take care of my garden (which is actually Mr. Clean's garden, because I haven't done a darn thing with it).
Wife of 4 years, mom to 1, oldest sister to 7...I'm striving to be an EXCELLENT wife, and not a perfect wife. Reading about the Prov. 31 woman is truly inspiring and something to strive for and to be encouraged by, not discouraged!